100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Dustin Poirier - 94.3
2. Matt Brown - 92.4
3. Clay Guida - 92.0
4. Karl Roberson - 92.0
5. Sage Northcutt - 91.9
6. Nina Ansaroff - 91.7
7. Jake Collier - 91.4
8. Sean Strickland - 91.4
9. Raphael Assuncao - 91.3
10. Marlon Moraes - 91.3
UFC Fight Night 120: Poirier vs. Pettis
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Elevation: 7'
-Fight of the Night-
Dustin Poirier vs. Anthony Pettis
Fighters & Matches 88.8
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 90.4
(Rear-Naked Choke)
     These guys both traded some hard punches & kicks, they clinched a little bit, Roberson seemed like he was in control for the most part, Stewart shot for a desperate takedown, Roberson stuffed his shot, threw him to the ground, took his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission with around 90 seconds remaining in the opening round. That was a really solid UFC debut for Karl Roberson.
      These guys both came out swinging at each other, and Fortuna knocked down Collier multiple times, some of them were slips, but for the most part, it seemed like Fortuna's counter striking was starting him off strong. Fortuna blasted Collier with a spinning back elbow with around 2 minutes left in the round, and it seemed like it rocked Collier a bit. Collier came back strong though, and fired some heavy shots of his own. Round one goes to Fortuna.
     The second round started with Fortuna knocking down Collier and taking his back, but Collier worked his way back to his feet and went back to trading big strikes. Fortuna took down Collier again with 90 seconds left in the round, Collier threw some elbows from his back, Fortuna tried to slide his way into setting up an arm-triangle choke, but Collier was able to avoid the submission, and then he magically swept Fortuna with a minute left in the round. Collier ended the round on top, dropping short elbows. This is a close fight, and could be going either way in my opinion.
     Collier came out swinging, landed some nice punches & a head kick, and Fortuna was clearly backing up, while Collier looked pretty fresh. Fortuna scored a takedown 90 seconds into the final round, but Collier immediately reversed him, and stood back up. Fortuna looked gassed in the third round. The continued to trade some decent punches & kicks until the end of the round. I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Collier, but wouldn't be surprised if they gave it to Fortuna, based on his work earlier in the round. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Jake Collier.
      These guys traded some wet sounding strikes, McGee threw a head kick, Strickland caught it, punched him, and took McGee to the ground 30 seconds into the opening round. McGee worked his way back to his feet, and then they traded some more wet sounding punches & kicks, with Strickland using his range decently, while McGee was focusing a lot on hitting the body of Strickland with kicks. That was a fairly even round of striking, but I'm going to score it slightly in favor of Sean Strickland.
     The second round started with McGee clinching with Strickland's back, he tried to take him down, but Strickland was able to break free, create some distance, and then they went back to boxing with each other. After two rounds, I have Strickland ahead, 20-18, going into the final round. It's a close fight, but McGee seems to be wearing more damage on his face, so I think Strickland is winning, but I could see that round going to McGee.
     They both came out boxing in the final round, and then McGee shot for another takedown (0 for 8 with takedowns at this point), and Stickland stuffed his shot again. Strickland ended up taking down McGee, he pinned him against the fence, and unloaded with some decent medium distance elbows, while McGee just kind of flopped around on the ground. McGee worked his way back to his feet with a minute left in the round, and then tried to take Strickland down again, but failed again. Strickland slammed McGee with 30 seconds left in the round, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the round by pounding on his face with big punches from back control. This fight should go to Sean Strickland, at least 29-28, if not 30-27. One judge gave all 3 rounds to Strickland, and the other two judges scored the fight, 29-29, for a Majority Draw. That's fucking dumb. I'm giving Strickland the victory points for this one.
     EDIT: They came back after the fight, and announced Strickland won by unanimous decision, and there was an error in the cards.
      These girls both came out throwing big punches & kicks, and they were both landing with a lot of hard shots, but Hill seemed like she was landing the slightly better shots for the most part. Hill also controlled most of their clinching exchanges, even taking down Ansaroff at one point, but she had her stand back up immediately. That was a nice competitive round, but I'm scoring the first round for Angela Hill.
     Ansaroff came out full of steam in the second round, and landed some big shots, opening up the nose of Hill with a right hand. Hill continued to tear up the lead leg of Ansaroff with hard kicks though, and they were both still landing a lot of punch combinations. The second round was close, but Ansaroff seemed to have the slight advantage in most of the exchanges, so I'm going to assume this fight is all tied up going into the final round.
     The continued to trade strikes at a steady pace, and every time it looked like one fighter was taking a lead, the other fighter would fire back with something significant, and reset the score for the round. Ansaroff knocked down Hill a couple of times, mostly with some sort of trip/slip type of stuff, but that might have been enough to get the win. I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Nina Ansaroff. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Nina Ansaroff.
      The first round had both guys standing & trading with each other, with Northcutt moving forward like the Terminator, blasting Quinones with big combinations every 30 seconds or so. Quinones just didn't do enough in that round, and Northcutt beat him up on the feet, and finished the round with a clean takedown. Round one clearly goes to Sage Northcutt.
     The second round was a repeat of the first round, with Northcutt beating up Quinones with his fast combinations, and forward movement, and then he shot in for an explosive takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, landing perfectly in side control. Sage Northcutt looks really good tonight, but he isn't coming close to finishing Quinones at all yet. Still, that's a 20-18 lead for Northcutt, going into the final round.
     The final round still had Northcutt beating up Quinones on the feet, Quinones looked mad, and fired back with some hard shots, but he was having trouble connecting. Northcutt slammed him to the ground with around 2 minutes left in the fight, but Quinones scrambled back to his feet. This fight was a very clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Sage Northcutt, earning a much needed win. The only issue I have is, Northcutt's last fight was at 170, and Quinones's last fight was at 145. I think Northcutt needs to stay at 155 for sure, but I'm still not confident pitting him against some of the bigger lightweight fighters, especially the guys that are grappling specialists.
      These girls traded a few strikes, they clinched, Pereira tried to lock on a tight standing guillotine choke, but Suarez slowly lifted Pereira's leg, and then dumped her to the ground, landing in side control. Pereira tried to scramble out of that, but Suarez did a good job staying on top in a variety of dominant positions. Suarez then spent the next two rounds doing the same thing, taking down Pereira, and grinding the shit out of her, while keeping her pinned against the fence. This was a clear 30-27 unanimous decision for Tatiana Suarez, but to be honest, I was a little disappointed that she didn't come very close to finishing Pereira, and she didn't really do much damage either. She sure grappled the shit out of her though.
      These guys are both really fast, but Dodson seems to have the speed advantage early. They both landed some solid shots, and Dodson dropped Moraes 2 minutes into the opening round with some punches, but Moraes recovered quickly and popped back up. The fight was moving at a steady pace, and then Moraes dropped Dodson with a hard kick to the groin. The fight eventually started back up, they traded some wild strikes again, and then Moraes poked Dodson's eye. The referee gave Moraes a stern warning, and said the next foul will be a point deduction. I'm giving the first round to Dodson. It was close, so based on the illegal shots, I'm going to give Dodson the slight lead on the scorecard for the first round.
     The second round had some decent exchanges, and then Moraes started working for some wild leg lock attempts, rolling all over the place, and trying to trap Dodson with his quicksand grappling. Moraes shot for a deep takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, and did a good job keeping Dodson somewhat pinned, but Dodson's ability to get back up is outstanding. Round two goes to Moraes, and I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was another wild round, with a lot of back & forth striking action, it was a close round, Moraes shot for a late takedown, Dodson stuffed his shot, they just kind of hung out there in a stalemate, so the referee reset them with 18 seconds left, Dodson tried to take Moraes down, Moraes locked on a guillotine choke, the buzzer sounded, and the Dodson tapped, leading to a little bit of controversy, but in the end, we go to a decision. One judge gave all 3 rounds to Dodson, the other two judges gave all 3 rounds to Moraes, giving Moraes the hard fought split-decision victory. Moraes then called out Jimmie Rivera.
(Punches & Elbows)
      These guys both came out swinging, Guida blasted Lauzon with some hard shots, he knocked him down in brutal fashion in 30 seconds, and then he jumped into his guard, and unloaded with gorilla hammerfists. Lauzon was hanging on JUST enough to keep the fight going, but Guida was fucking mauling him, chopping him up with elbows, and the referee finally decided to stop the fight just after one minute of the opening round. That was a fantastic one-sided performance by Clay Guida, and another example of why Lauzon might want to think about retiring after this one.
      These guys spent most of the first round trading random strikes, and then Lopez took down Assuncao with 30 seconds left in the round, but Assuncao quickly worked his way back to his feet, and they ended the round trading a few more random punches. That first round was close, so I'm giving it to Lopez for the takedown I guess. I don't think either fighter clearly won that round though. The second round was another round of back & forth striking, with Assuncao really digging into Lopez's legs with hard kicks, leaving a big welt on the inside of his thigh. The final round was more of the same, until Assuncao jumped in with a flying knee, missed, unloaded with some punches, clipped Lopez, and knocked him the fuck out. That was a solid finish by Assuncao.
      These guys traded some random punches & kicks, but they both looked scared to get hit, so they just circled around each other, throwing random strikes, but not really connecting with any game changing offense. I was about to fall asleep, and then they both went crazy in the final 15 seconds of the second round, with Ferreira dropping for a second, but he popped right back up to brawl. The final round started with Ferreira shooting for a takedown, and pinning Marquardt against the fence. He stayed on top for most of the round, wrestling the shit out of Marquardt, and then Marquardt swept him with 15 seconds left in the fight, and opened up a massive cut on Ferreira's forehead just as the buzzer was sounding. This fight was pretty lame, the second round goes to Marquardt, the third round probably Ferreira, the first round could have gone either way, so who knows what the judges will think. Two judges gave the fight to Ferreira, for the split-decision victory.
      The first round had both guys trading big heavy punches, but they were both doing a good job blocking most of the shots, so in the end, not a lot of damage was done by either fighter. Arlovski was moving around more though, and probably landed the better shots, so I'm scoring the first round for Andrei Arlovski.
     The second round had both guys throwing some big punches, but again, they were still covering up a lot, not really taking much damage. Albini spent a good portion of the round, clinching, just pressing Arlovski against the fence, throwing knees to the thighs. They eventually split up, reset, and then Arlovski started picking apart Albini with his faster hands. I have Arlovski ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had Arlovski picking apart Albini for the most part, while Albini mostly just stood there like a massive punching bag. Arlovski clipped Albini with a groin shot, but Albini didn't take long to recover. When the fight started back up, with a minute left in the fight, Albini plowed forward, clinched, and pressed Arlovski against the fence. Albini wasted the end of the round trying to take down Arlovski. This fight was terrible. Junior Albini didn't show up at all tonight, and Arlovski broke his 5-Fight losing streak, but he still absolutely needs to retire. This fight was painful to watch. I never want to see either of these guys fight again, BUT, Arlovski announced that since he won, he's going to continue fighting. I really wish Albini would have put an end to this nonsense.
      Sanchez rushed forward to start this fight, threw a punch, and then shot for a takedown, trying to trip Brown to the ground against the fence, but Brown did a good job stuffing his shot. Sanchez just kind of smothered Brown against the fence with some clinch stalling, while trying to find a better angle for a takedown. They split up, Brown landed some decent strikes, and then Sanchez shot for another takedown, and Brown stuffed the shot again. Sanchez shot for another takedown, and Brown stuffed his shot again. Brown caught a kick, pushed Sanchez against the fence, threw a few strikes, they reset, Sanchez clipped Brown with a liver kick that nearly stopped Brown in his tracks, but Brown toughed it out, came forward, continued to fight, pushed Sanchez into the fence again, launched one of the biggest overhand elbows you'll ever see, and he put Sanchez to sleep near the end of the first round. That was a fantastic way to end a career for Matt Brown.
(Body Triangle to Mount)
      Poirier threw a nice combination of punches early in the first round, Pettis threw some decent kicks, and then Poirier took him to the ground against the fence a minute into the opening round. Pettis sort of tried to setup a guillotine choke, and then gave that up in favor of setting up a Kimura, while Poirier kept him pressed against the fence. Poirier postured up a bit, threw some big punches, Poirier sort of stood up, and Pettis tripped him by grabbing his ankle, and they both stood up, clinched, Pettis pressed Poirier against the fence, they traded a few elbows, and then reset with 90 seconds left in the opening round. Poirier shot for another takedown, Pettis stuffed his shot this time, they traded some weird looking strikes against the fence, and Poirier knocked Pettis off balance with a punch. Poirier unloaded with some big punches with Pettis against the fence, Pettis was running away, and Poirier was unloading on him with BOMBS, Pettis tried to fire back with some random shit, they both went wild, but yeah, round one definitely goes to Dustin Poirier. Pettis looked fucked up when he walked back to his corner, meanwhile, Poirier just gave him a pat on the butt.
      They both came out throwing punches to start the second round, and then Poirier shot for another takedown, dumping Pettis to the ground against the fence. Pettis tried to setup a triangle choke, but Poirier was able to punch his way out of it by throwing some BRUTAL punches & elbows at the face of Pettis, causing a thick stream of blood to flow from his face. Poirier took his back, locked on the body triangle, and continued to punch Pettis in the face from back control. Pettis somehow spun around, took top control inside Poirier's guard, and he worked some ground & pound while pouring blood all over Poirier's face. Pettis then tried to take Piorier's back. Poirier scrambled out of that, slipping out of the back door, Poirier took top control again, Pettis tried to setup another triangle, Poirier slipped out of that, continued to pound on Pettis, they both scrambled around wildly, and then the referee stopped the fight for a minute or so to let the doctor check out Pettis's cuts. When the fight started back up, the referee put them back on the ground, Poirier inside Pettis's guard. Pettis went for the triangle, locked it on tight, Poirier slipped out, took his back, and finished the round beating the living shit out of Pettis with huge punches & elbows. I have Poirier clearly ahead, AT LEAST 20-18, going into the third round.
      Poirier threw some punches to start the third round, Pettis threw some kicks, and then Poirier took him down again 30 seconds into the round, settling back into Pettis's guard for some reason. They stood back up, and Poirier clinched with Pettis's back. Pettis tried to roll forward to escape, and Poirier locked on the body triangle again. Poirier tried to setup a rear-naked choke, couldn't quite get it, so he spun around into full mount, and I think the way his body lock was grinding on Pettis's ribs, he broke Pettis's rib or something, forcing Pettis to submit. That was a FANTASTIC performance by Dustin Poirier, finishing a former Champion, after an insane bloodbath, some wild scrambles, wild brawling, etc... This fight was fucking wild. Dustin Poirier is the man!